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IMC ANNOUNCES FALL SEASON OF INNOVATIVE, OUTDOOR, PHYSICALLY DISTANCED PERFORMANCES

Island Moving Company announces performance dates for both its ground-breaking new dance film and repertory series productions In Newport & Bristol, RI. Both events comply with all CDC & RI Dept. of Health guidelines for outdoor events, including physically distanced seating & required use of face masks. Tickets are on sale now.

IMC Is pleased to announce the World Premiere of its newest project, Out of Ruin, a Marta Renzi film, conceived & choreographed by IMC’s Artistic Director, Miki Ohlsen & Associate Artistic Director, Danielle Genest, featuring the dancers of Island Moving Company. A red-carpet Experience is planned for the film’s Newport screening at Cardines Field on Friday October 2 at 6:30 pm. The film was shot this summer at locations across Newport, Jamestown, and Little Compton featuring much of Rhode Island’s natural beauty and historic landmarks in an original, captivating, and lush cinematic short. Inspired by a poem by Patience Strong (*provided below), this latest work shares a visually rich and kinetic allegory of individual clans in isolation who journey to discover their paths to a place of unity.

The week following the film premiere, IMC will present Its latest repertory production eMERGE!, a breathtaking selection of new & restaged dances, October 9-11 at Blithewold Gardens & Arboretum in Bristol, RI.  Out of Ruin, will receive an East Bay screening on Thursday, October 8th at 6:30 as part of IMC’s outdoor series at Blithewold. eMERGE! features the premiere of new works from guest choreographer Colin Connor, former Artistic Director of the Jose Limon Company, as well as a new work from IMC’s Associate Artistic Director, Danielle Genest. Restaged works on the program Include dances from IMC’s Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen as well as Ms. Genest.

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New Dates added for WHERE IN NEWPORT IS IMC?

Island Moving Company (IMC) announces the addition of new dates to its popular Free Summer Performance Series.

Where in Newport is IMC? is a series of micro pop-up performances in some of Newport’s beautiful public parks. The series continues with new dates through September, beginning this Thursday, September 3rd at Rovensky Park and runs consecutive Thursdays through September 24th.

Dates and locations include:
• September 3 – Rovensky Park, Bellevue Avenue & Rovensky Avenue
• September 10 – Queen Anne Square, Thames Street & Church Street
• September 17 – Morton Park, Morton Avenue & Coggeshall Avenue
• September 24 – Miantonomi Park, 120 Hillside Avenue

All Performances run 10 minutes in length, will be presented at two times: 12:45pm & 1:15pm each Thursday.
Audiences are encouraged to bring a lunch to enjoy with the performances.

2020 Nuit Blanche: Tous Réunis – a virtual gala garden party like no other!

Island Moving Company (IMC), announced plans for its annual Nuit Blanche benefit to be re-imagined as a virtual gala garden party like no other! The event is scheduled to take place on Friday, August 21 at 7:00pm.

The Gala will run approximately 45 minutes and be made available to patrons through an invitation to join the broadcast online. Guests will enjoy live and specially recorded music and dance performances made for and performed in the gardens of Bellevue House, one of Newport’s most spectacular landscapes.

Participants will select from a variety of experience packages offering different benefits and options from signature cocktail kits & complimentary spirits to assorted hors d’oeuvres & dinner options to enjoy from home. IMC is partnering with Blackstone Caterers. Tickets to IMC’s Nuit Blanche: Tous Réunis are on sale now. Click here for tickets.  For more information, click here!

ON THE MOVE AGAIN THIS SUMMER!

Island Moving Company and The Newport Academy of Ballet begin a safe, gradual re-opening process, in accordance of the RI Department of Health & CDC guidelines. The company is recalling its dancers and artistic staff in July to begin a return to classes and rehearsals and to develop several original creative projects. The first public facing project premieres this Thursday, July 16th and is presented in partnership with Discover Newport.

Where in Newport is IMC? is a series of micro pop-up performances performed outdoors in some of Newport’s beautiful public parks.
Dates and locations include:

  • July 16- Battery Park, Washington St. – looking towards the bridge
  • July 23- Perrotti Park, America’s Cup Ave. – across from Panera
  • July 30- Touro Park, Bellevue Ave. – across from the Newport Art Museum
  • August 6- Kings Park, Wellington Ave. – close to Ida Lewis Yacht Club

All Performances run @ 10 mins and will be presented at two times: at 12:45 & 1:15 each Thursday.

Salsa & Salvation! is a new series FREE outdoor salsa dance classes offered through IMC’s Newport Academy of Ballet (NAB). IMC company member Jose Losada will lead physically distanced, Cuban Style Salsa Classes on Saturdays from 7-8:00pm starting Saturday, July 18 continuing on consecutive Saturdays through August 22 at 136 Broadway in Newport.  Salsa & Salvation! is made possible from gracious support from Dr. Nate Tilman of Newport Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, who are providing plenty of outdoor space in their parking lot for the class, and to Salvation Cafe who are partnering with IMC to promote the event and who will provide festive atmosphere and physically distanced tables for patrons to enjoy the class.

Newport Academy of Ballet is also offering a series of summer dance classes that may be enjoyed virtually through Zoom or through limited in-studio instruction, for both children and adults alike. For more information go to www.newportacademyofballet.com

IMC’s Climb the Walls & Dance! Series was launched in March and was created to give dance lovers a social, physical and intellectual outlet during quarantine. The program has evolved to offer a variety of supplemental programming, including: Free 30-minute online micro-classes, Great Dance in Great Places, IMC Inside the Work, and IMC’s Live Watch Parties.

One of the more exciting and innovative projects IMC is embarking on over the summer, is a collaboration around the making of a new dance film currently in development. Co-Choreographed by IMC’s Artistic Director, Miki Ohlsen and Associate Artistic Director, Danielle Genest, the work, which is entitled eMERGE, will be danced by Island Moving Company Dancers and directed by renown film maker, Marta Renzi with cinematography by Jon Gourlay.

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A Statement from Island Moving Company

A Statement from Island Moving Company

Island Moving Company has a long history of enriching the cultural fabric of our community. In solidarity with #Black Lives Matter and in response to our nation in crisis, we wanted to re-affirm our foundational values and commitment to you and our community.

IMC is built on the belief that creativity is an interactive and collaborative process open to everyone, and is put in practice through inclusion and respect, discipline and emotional connection. It can produce great art, but more importantly, provides us all with a sense of connection and belonging. — AND that , as an art form and a life practice, dance is kinesthetic – it deeply engages the heart, mind and soul of individuals and bridges divides among us.

The Staff & Board of IMC are committed to upholding the principles and values that underpin our educational and performance programs — now more than ever – and pledge to continue to provide everyone in our community with on-going access, dignity and respect. We commit to preserving the well-being and safety of all our dancers, staff, students, patrons, and followers, and to raise up the sanctity of our classes, rehearsals and performances as a place to experience the joy, harmony, mindfulness and state of peace that dance provides, for our youngest students, and the most vulnerable among us.

IMC will continue to put our values into action to help create a community that feels more alive, fulfilled, and connected to the arts and to each other.  It is our way forward.

“I had no idea that history was being made.  I was just tired of giving up.”

—Rosa Parks

 

 

 

 

Newport Academy of Ballet offering Virtual Adult Dance Classes!

Come dance with us in the comfort of your own home! Virtual classes allow you to meet new friends, try something different, and exercise!

No experience needed!

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  • Adult Hip Hop                    Tues 6:30-7:30 pm

  • Adult Beginner Ballet      Wed 7:00-8:00 pm

  • Adult Beginner Tap          Thurs 6:45-7:45 pm

  • Adult Beginner Salsa       Sat 7:00-8:00 pm

 

$10/class or 10 class card for $ 90

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Exploring New Ways of Coming Together!

Bringing people together for a shared experience is core to our work, and the healing and transformative power of a great live dance and world-class dance education experiences are why we — & you — love what we do.

Island Moving Company’s (IMC) mission is to build the cultural, educational and economic vitality of our community through dance creation, performance and education.

 

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Travel Raffle!

Travel Raffle

First prize wins a vacation package for two valued at $3000.

Your choice of destinations: domestic or Europe.

Includes airfare and accommodations for two for five nights.

Second prize wins two tickets to IMC’s Nuit Blanche Gala on Friday, July 10 valued at $500

Climb the Walls and Dance with IMC + NAB!

Learn a few new moves while you’re physically distancing!

To break out of your isolation blues, Island Moving Company and the Newport Academy of Ballet are offering a valuable thread of continuity and social connection with our new Climb the Walls series. These FREE, 30-minute micro-classes are a great way to engage with new and wonderful things to watch and do!

Climb the Walls provides both live-streamed and recorded content available through IMC’s website and social media platforms, as well as through our community partner What’s Up NEWP that you can do at home.

Click here for a full schedule.